from Big Hit, The Two Towers - Poster Special, December 26, 2002
typed by Leanne, scan from Leanne
World Exclusive! LEGOLAS
We chat with the cutest archer in Middle
Orlando Bloom, who plays the
elvin archer Legolas in The Lord of The Rings is as much a daredevil in
real life as he is on set!
He tells us about how
LOTR changed his life and almost cost him his life at the same
How did playing Legolas Greenleaf change
New Zealand is so green and healthy and outdoorsy
and stuff so I started putting little tests on myself, like in terms of getting
fit and using the environment around me.
I used to go swimming quite a lot when I was there
and I stopped drinking caffeine too because we were doing nine weeks of night
shoots and I came in at 6 and was out on set by 11 or 12.
Before I went on, I had two huge espressos in the
makeup bus and I got up on set and I was gung ho. I'm not a big coffee drinker
anyway so I was firing on all cylinders and when I went to see the rushes I was
like 'Whoa!'. I was like 'No more coffee!' and started becoming more elvin,
drinking herbal tea with lemon. I tried to stop smoking. I didn't go as far as
eating nuts and berries which is what Viggo accused me of!
Did you get a tattoo?
I've got a small sun tattoo on my belly. I got it
when I was about 15. I told my parents it was one of those tattoos that only
lasts five years or some ridiculous thing like that.
You do a lot of stunts and sustain a lot of
damage in real life.
I broke my leg on my motorbike when I was driving
around in London. I realized when I came off the motorbike I was probably not
safe on the roads. I just move a bit too quickly through life - at least I
did. I broke my back too and that really stopped me. I
fell three floors out of a window trying to get onto a roof. I used to just do things impulsively. I'm the sort
of person that will go off and do something on a whim and then just deal with
the consequences later. Breaking your leg is one thing, I've broken both of
those and my arm, my wrist, my nose and all sorts of things and numerous other
injuries through sport and snowboarding and stuff like that, but breaking your
back is a different thing. I didn't think I was going to get through that one
but I did. I was in a wheelchair for four days when they told me I'd never walk
again. A neuroscan revealed I crushed my vertebrae and bruised my spinal cord.
And then two years later I was playing one of the most physical characters in
the Lord Of The Rings which is surreal.
I broke my rib when I fell off a horse during
filming. We were doing this shot where we were going down a
gully and had to pull up very quickly. We did it like five times and I kept
saying to the person who had all this clobber on the horse with me, 'Lean back!
Lean back!' when we were going down the gully. His weight was pushing me
forwards the horse just kept wanting to go. The fifth time, the horse was
overexcited, and we were tired and when we went to pull up, we couldn't pull up
and we just bailed off to the side when I landed on a rock and he fell on top of
me and I cracked a rib!
What's Liv like?
Liv's a sweetheart. She played an Elvin princess
and she really is an Elvin princess - a lovely sweet girl. She's great at what
she does. She became one of the lads. She came surfing with us once - I don't
know if she actually got on a board but she was there. She was there with her
boyfriend and her sisters and we all became like family.
You did a lot of surfing in between filming
When we arrived there I thought we need to do
something outside of the movie to keep ourselves sane. I suggested that we get
motorbikes but the guys said there was no need to kill ourselves [Laughs].
Eventually we went out and bought surfboards and we started getting really into
it. You can imagine what we looked like, going down to the beach on that first
day with our brand spanking new boards just freshly waxed and the water was
freezing and all of these surfers just turned around and looked at us giving us
filthy looks. We actually got quite good by the end of it. And because a lot of
the other guys got boards as well - Billy, Don (I assume they meant Dom:),
Elijah and Sean. Even Viggo had a go at it and we were all first time
The two "RING
*Orlando's father worked with Nelson
*Orlando is a strict vegan - no milk!
What's up with
According to Orlando: I tried to illustrate with
movements what is going on inside his head. Legolas' gestures are elegant and
supple, like a cat. During the battle scenes I was always thinking about the
image of a cat that turns and lands on his feet. Legolas is both mentally and
physically, sort of like a samurai warrior.
"He's going to become a lot closer to the dwarf
Gimli. In the beginning Legolas doesn't really put up with him, because
traditionally, elves consider dwarves to be dirty creatures that exploit the
earth without giving anything back. But the relationship between Legolas and
Gimli evolves when they are forced to become a team and to support each other
mutually. They end up respecting their differences and, in the final battles,
they laugh together and even compare the number of enemies they've
Spoiler 2: As the soldiers retreat into
the keep, Aragorn and Gimli come out from a back door. They peer down at the
berserker orcs. Aragorn looks at Gimli. Gimli says to him, "We can take them."
Aragorn replies, "It's a long way down." Gimli hesitates for a moment and then
says, "Toss me Aragorn." Aragorn asks, "Are you sure?" Gimli answers," Yes. But
don't tell the Elf."
Spoiler 3: The
riders of Rohan surround Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli. Eomer asks, "What business
does a Man, an Elf, and a Dwarf have in the
Eomer's hostility causes
Gimli to make a threatening remark, and Eomer replies, "I would cut off your
head, beard and all, Master Dwarf, if it stood but a little higher from the
ground." Legolas then draws his bow and arrow, and says to Eomer, "You would die
before your stroke fell." Aragorn stops Legolas and calmly explains that they
are friends of the King. Eomer replies that the King does not recognize friend
from foe. He also reveals that Saruman has poisoned his mind, and has taken over